Do you know what hinders the mission in the title of this post? All of us, at one point or another, seek fulfillment, happiness, love, friendship—almost everything that makes life worth living—in things like taking jobs that pay the most, hanging out with people who flatter us, loving someone who looks good, meeting others’ often well-meaning expectations, and many other external sources. The problem? Until we become aware of who we really are at the very core of our beings—what characterizes us, what motivates us, what delights us, what challenges us, what causes us to work like every second is a joy, i.e., until we realize who we are, what our truth is, and how we wish to express that–we will never be fulfilled, happy, loved, befriended, or any of those great things. Once, however, we discover self, once we become aware of self, then we begin to create those realities of significance, love, peace, joy, fulfillment, and all the good things that make life matter. So, while it is almost cliche to say that we need to find ourselves, the practical philosophy beyond that is we need to learn how to express that self every single day. The reason that does not happen is that most of those trudging through life looking for the greener grass are living according to the ego that is shaping us to become what or who everyone else thinks we should be. Many people are deceived because for awhile, sometimes a long while, their ego feels good because they are having fun and going places and doing exciting things, but they don’t really know who they are at their core because they have never really discovered their wonderful, unique spirit, and at some point, it all comes crashing down—unless, of course, they harden themselves to ever hearing their own heart, and then they become controllers of others in order to maintain their emotional states, denying and deceiving the true self. (I have often thought that this is what happens when very talented celebrities in many fields seem to fall apart in one way or another, or even worse, commit suicide. They seem to have it all–the talent, the money, the fame–but they have been listening to the siren call of many other expectations but have, for many reasons, muffled the clarion call of their own hearts.) The really practical part is that when we listen to our hearts—that part of ourselves that is often ignored because that part of our core being does not give a rat’s ass about what anyone else thinks or believes we should be or do—to repeat, when we listen to our hearts and truly discover self and are satisfied with that self, then all the other things flow—the love, the career of significance, the relationships of blessing. They flow because our spirit is then in flow with the Spirit of the Universe, the Spirit of all.
My hope for you is that you will be a discoverer, first of all of yourself via your heart and then a discoverer of all the sweetness of life about which your core self can be passionate and create dreams and visions and take action and make your life happen because you are being you.
I want to help you discover Self, Passion, Purpose, Dreams, Visions, Actions, and Realities.
When this happens, you are enriched and your heart’s desire is to enrich others, too, with your own rich, wonderful self. A true heart never seeks to harm, only to bless self and others; that is the flow of the Spirit of the Universe.
1.Do it: carve out five minutes to settle yourself–no cell, computer, tablet, no partner, no nothing–just you and yourself.
2. Directly address your heart with the questions you have about your life.
3. Listen for responses. They may not be direct answers but will definitely begin a conversation with the deepest part of yourself, your heart.
4. No matter how short the first response or how long, know that you are on the way to a fuller, more significant, satisfying life.
After you try this, leave a comment and let me know what’s going on. Feel free to comment on anything else about this post, too!
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Questions to consider:
How many times have you asked yourself or simply thought about the following questions?
Who am I, really?
What is my truth?
How do my actions reveal what I really feel and believe?
What would I do with my life if I could do anything?
What is my passion?
Why am I here?
How can I discover answers to any of these questions?
If you have considered any of these questions, I hope that my experiences and writing will give you some guidance. Please read my blog and comment and share your thoughts. I would love to hear from you!